Christmas is my favorite time of year.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I love looking thru all of the fabulous magazines finding new ideas for decorating and fun recipes for parties or family time. Here are a few of the items that I have found so far that I think are must haves…….

White Chocolate and Peppermint Covered Popcorn:

Sweet and Salty and what a great idea for a drop-in Christmas party. Want the recipe:

16 oz. white chocolate (can use white chocolate baking morsels) or almond bark
1 cup finely crushed (like sand) peppermints (about 10-12 candy canes or 40 mints)
4 quarts popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup corn kernels) – Use a little salt if it is air popped when you sprinkle in the peppermints.

Slowly melt white chocolate or almond bark in the microwave or on stove-top with double boiler. Stir often to keep chocolate from burning. Stir in 1/2 cup crushed peppermints into the white chocolate.

Place popped corn into a large bowl. Pour melted white chocolate and peppermint mixture over the popcorn. Gently stir to coat popcorn while sprinkling remaining crushed peppermints over the popcorn.

Pour onto parchment paper and allow mixture to harden.

Awesome Staircase Idea instead of Garland…..

Don’t forget the kiddos at the dinner table this year……
Fun idea for Kid’s Centerpieces for Christmas or Christmas Eve Dinner. What kid doesn’t love a colorful lollipop. Use real ones or felt to make your own. Glass jars with mini marshmallows and a sweet ribbon to complete the look.
Cranberry Covered Foam Balls make for fantastic centerpiece ideas.

Crib Repurpose

I was searching online for different uses for cribs once the original purpose had been served and I came across this really great idea.
I don’t remember now where I found it, so I can’t give the proper credit, but I really wanted to share it because I think it is fantastic.
What a cool idea for a toddler’s room once they have moved on to a “big kid” bed. A little bit of wood for a base instead of the mattress holder and some chalkboard paint. A few baskets or storage items and a white board and you have a great homework, art, reading station……..